Henry perceived that his mother and his aunt were badly dressed—in truth, dowdy.
You know you wouldn't like it if I went about in dowdy old things.
A little girl in Punch improves on the talk of her dowdy mother with the maids.
So that dowdy get-up is for my benefit, and is not habitual to her!
Why do you hide your hair, and wear such a dowdy, high gown, Julia?
A dowdy ...